Marvel is no stranger to planning. They have carefully constructed one of the most vast and complex cinematic universes in the history of film. So again it’s no surprise that they are courting directors for projects years in advance. We have projects lined up from now all the way until Inhumans releases in 2019. That is right Marvel has planned films for the next 4-5 years all existing in the same universe that Iron Man started.
Marvel has also shown that they are not afraid to mix it up when it comes to direction and theme. From Jon Favreau for Iron Man to The Russo Brothers for Cap’ 2, we have a wide variety of talent lining Disney’s pockets with dollars for years to come. Most of the upcoming films in the MCU (Marvel cinematic universe) have their directors and their tones down, but there are still a few openings yet to booked by Marvel and it turns out they’re willing to look in some unlikely places to fill those slots.
So to recap here is what Marvel has so far in terms of directors for upcoming projects. First we have Peyton Reed (Yes Man, The Break Up) for Ant Man. Next we have Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver us From Evil) directing Doctor Strange. Then we have The Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) directing Civil War and Avengers Infinity Gauntlet part 1 and 2. Finally, James Gunn will be returning to direct Guardians of The Galaxy 2 (thank god!). So that leaves just a few projects without a captain, which are, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans.
Well it appears that one of those empty slots may be filled, and quite soon. It appears that Marvel is seriously courting Selma director Ava Duvernay to direct either Black Panther or Captain Marvel. Duvernay is an inspired choice for either feature. Coming off of her work on the Martin Luther King biopic, she has garnered a lot of attention for an amazing film. Duvernay would be a different kind of director, more used to character driven story telling, and not much practice in action choreography. That being said, she is talent, and it’s never a bad idea to recruit talent. As far as which of the two she is rumored to be offered it’s difficult to say which one would be a better fit. It would be unfortunate if it were Captain Marvel just because it’s a female character and she is a woman, instead it would be a nice refreshing turn of events to see her take on a powerful and proud character like Black Panther. The character has some of the sensibilities and morals that Duvernay has used with other characters in some of her other films. Also it’s nice to see Marvel diversify as all of the directors to date have been white men. Now we get a chance to see what a women can bring to the universe, and more importantly than anything, she is immensely talented.
No matter what, it safe to say that Duvernay getting drafted into the director pool for Disney Marvel is a very good thing. So what do you guys out in Bro Nation think? Which of the two properties would like to see her do, if any? Drop a comment and let’s start a discussion.